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Istanbul, Turkey

After rav reviews, Alison and I decided to hit up Istanbul. One of her college friends works there often too, so we were able to meet up with him. Turkey is a majority Muslim country, but is secular. The religion however is very visible, such as with the prayer call that goes off from the minaret (the top of mosque's) throughout the day. The food was probably some of my favorite in Europe, but don't try and order a beer with your lunch (opps). Drinking is prohibited in the Muslim religion and thus most of the city doesn't imbibe until later on at night. One day we headed to a Turkish bath, which is a story in itself. For now, let's say Ali and I know each other more intimately, haha. We also took a boat ride out to the islands. Sort of the Turkish equivalent of NY's Fire Island. In sum, Istanbul is lively, upbeat, interesting (and hilly) and worth a visit if you're ready to dig into the culture.

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Posted by meghann922 21:11 Comments (0)

Brussels, Belgium

Mom's birth city :)

We tried to make it to Brussels on the Flynn road trip, but couldn't quite squeeze it in. I had the opportunity to go afterwards though and jumped on it. It's a bigger city than I thought it would be. Definitely touristy, but also very unique. We stumbled upon a cool neighborhood on the outskirts that had a very LES vibe to it. Overall, thumbs up. And everything you hear about the waffles, beer, and chocolate is true.....so good.....

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Posted by meghann922 11:01 Archived in Belgium Comments (0)

Croatia!

(Love)

Stacey and I headed to Zadar and Split in Croatia for the weekend and we lovedddd it. We both recommend it and it's one of my new favorite places. I can't wait to go back and hit up Dubrovnik, another city on the water. The cities were built around ruins and being on the water makes them a relaxing place for a stroll. I guess it didn't hurt that it was sunny, since Germany is sun deprived. The ocean was SO clear, even the marina and all the boats. We also went to the Plitvice Lakes National Park. It was a higher altitude and therefore cold for us, but it was still breath taking and I bet even more beautiful in good weather! Last, Stacey trusted me with driving and although a round-a-bout almost got me, we made it up and down the coast safely :)

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Posted by meghann922 09:38 Archived in Croatia Comments (0)

Bitburg, Germany

Alright, Martocello crew - this entry is for you. We headed back to Bitburg to end the Flynn roadtrip. AND we found your old house! (For those that don't know, Mom and crew lived in Bitburg and elsewhere in Europe while Grandpa was working for the Air Force.) AND we caught the woman who was moving in that day. Literally she had just walked in and just moved in - right then. haha. Opps. She was nice enough to let us in and take pictures of her house. All that follows....Enjoy the trip down memory lane Martocello's. (PS, there are more too, just ask Mom for the picslarge_P1000836_2.jpgP1000844.jpgP1000847.jpgP1000848.jpgP1000852.jpgP1000862.jpgP1000865.jpgP1000867.jpgP1000868.jpgP1000871.jpgP1000874.jpgP1000885.jpgP1000886.jpgP1000889.jpgP1000894.jpgP1000901.jpgP1000909.jpgP1000912.jpgP1000914.jpgP1000920.jpgP1000922.jpgP1000931.jpgP1000932.jpg thumb=http://photos.travellerspoint.com/552807/thumb_P1000934.jpg]P1000938.jpgP1000946.jpgP1000950.jpgP1000960.jpgP1000963.jpgP1000968.jpgP1000970.jpg)

Posted by meghann922 05:03 Archived in Germany Comments (0)

Switzerland --> France

We did drive through the north part of Switzerland, but the passes through the mountains were closed and it was also rain/snowing. So, what was supposed to be a scenic and quick drive turned into 10 hours of not knowing which direction we were going. Two GPS' failed us and the paper maps came out. At one point, or rather, two points, we pulled into a gas station just to have them point on the map to where we were...we could have been in Poland at that point. Anyway, we eventually made it to Nancy, France. We spend only the evening and a bit of the next AM. The next day we were off to Mom's old home in Bitburg!

Check this out...plastic gloves at the gas station. Mike Flynn is in heaven.

Check this out...plastic gloves at the gas station. Mike Flynn is in heaven.

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Posted by meghann922 11:37 Archived in France Comments (0)

Innsbruck, Austria

We headed over to Innsbruck next, which was the location for the '64 Olympics. We headed up the mountain in the town center for some scenic views. Next time we're coming back with skiis!!

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Posted by meghann922 11:15 Archived in Austria Comments (0)

Salzburg, Austria

...where dreams come true

The day has arrived...We visited Salzburg, Austria, the birthplace of The Sound Of Music!! Besides being the best place on earth because of that, it also happens to be a beautiful, beautiful city and country. Dad hung in there with me and Mom and we went on a Sound of Music bus tour of the city and surrounding area, which wound up being pretty great (even by Dad's standards). It was an easy way to get around and hit the spots in a timely way.The bus played the music too from the movie as we drove through the hills, which we loved. The city itself very manageable and I can't wait to go back. The skiing in and around the area seems fantastic in the winter and the lakes nearby remind me of the Adirondacks (though they're glacier lakes, so super cold!).

Oh Salzburg, Austria, I can't wait to visit you again!

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Hand painted eggs...this store was so awesome.

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The gazebooooo!!!!

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Yes. I jumped up and down the stairs like the Von Trapp children did.

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The church Maria and the Captain got married in!!

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Posted by meghann922 10:42 Archived in Austria Comments (0)

Munich!

After cruising through Bavaria's countryside we were ready for some city action. Or I was ready. Munich is definitely a city you need more than a day for, especially if you do the Dachau concentration camp (which we did. Some pics are posted, which don't describe the gravity of the space.) We wound up having one of our best meals in Munich at a random steak house at 11 pm after driving around looking for the 2nd best restaurant (which we found the next night, and didn't eat at. This is a Flynn vacation afterall). Anyway, the steak place could have been mistaken for a NYC spot in the west village. I was happy to be back in a city! At least for a bit. We also hit up the famous beer hall, which was a great mix of tourists and locals. The atmosphere was a happy one :)

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Posted by meghann922 11:01 Archived in Germany Comments (0)

Rothenburg ob der Tauber...plus some Castles

We spent the first part of the trip traveling down the 'romantic road' of southern Germany which brings you through old towns in the Bavaria region. Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a medieval city that existed during the middle ages and has remained virtually unchanged, pretty crazy. The city is encircled by an undamaged 14th century town wall. We only popped in for a few hours and climbed the town tower (pics of Dad below). After that, we ventured south to another medieval town called Dinkelsbühl.

Towards the end are some Castles, or Schloss' as they're called here, even further south in Germany. The white one is the castle that Walt Disney based his off of - I know, sorta a big deal. King Ludwig built it and he ran out of money after 14 yrs, so never finished it. It's still pretty enormous though.

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City center of Rothenberg

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Climbing to the top of the Rothenberg tower...

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Made it to the top!

Made it to the top!

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City of Rothenburg

Criminal Museum - do not want to be in that chair...

Criminal Museum - do not want to be in that chair...

The Criminal Museum - loved this place, so fascinating!

The Criminal Museum - loved this place, so fascinating!

The Shame Mask....

The Shame Mask....

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The pastry's are sold all over Rothenberg

The pastry's are sold all over Rothenberg

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Pastries that are too German for me to remember. S plus alot of letters after that.

Neuschwanstein Castle...Walt Disney's inspiration

Neuschwanstein Castle...Walt Disney's inspiration

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Schloss Hohenschwangau

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Posted by meghann922 09:09 Archived in Germany Tagged rothenberg Comments (0)

The Flynn's Arrive....

Heidelberg is up first!

P1000093.jpgMy parents arrived in Germany! Off starts a 9 day Flynn roadtrip in Europe and no one speaks German - oh boy, help us now.

We met in Heidelberg, which was a easy first stop actually. It's a college town and also has a U.S. base, so there's lots of cute shopping and restaurants. It was nice for me to get out of my area too in Landstuhl, since there's no creative scene there (I know, even with all the Americans). We visited a castle, strolled some streets, and ate our first schnitzel.

This is a pedestrian only shopping street....the one we're driving right down the middle of.

This is a pedestrian only shopping street....the one we're driving right down the middle of.

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Heidelberg downtown

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First Schnitzel of the trip

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Heidelberg castle

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Heidelberg downtown

Mike Flynn has arrived.

Mike Flynn has arrived.

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A humongous wine barrel

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Heidelberg castle

Posted by meghann922 04.09.2013 08:56 Archived in Germany Tagged heidelberg Comments (0)

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